Safeguarding children from sexual violence, child sexual exploitation and harmful practices

National FGM Centre

MET Police Schools Charter

What is this resource?

This guidance outlines what schools and colleges should consider and the action they should take when concerns are raised regarding a range of issues, including harmful practices such as FGM.

The guidance for Schools document all contains the ‘schools charter on ending harmful practices’. Developed by the London Harmful Practices Working Group, it seems to encourage the delivery of high quality, safeguarding focused inputs on harmful practices across all schools and colleges. The charter outlines the key principles that all schools and colleges should follow when delivering lessons or awareness sessions to their pupils, and the procedures which should be followed if a disclosure is made.

This Toolkit has been designed to be used by all educational settings, but is not intended to replace existing policies or procedures.

How do I use this resource?

The aim of this document is to assist governing bodies, proprietors, head teachers, senior leadership teams, designated safeguarding leads and teaching staff to understand the ranger of harms related to sexual violence, sexual abuse and harmful practices.

It is designed to support front line professions in situations or incidents that require a safeguarding response. part of this response will on occasion include the reporting of criminal offences. The guidance aims to improve the identification of vulnerability and enhance information sharing to improve the safeguarding response children receive.

The guidance contains:

  • A Guidance for School’s on a range of safeguarding concerns including: FGM, breast flattening, honour related abuse, forced marriage and child abuse linked to faith or belief
  • A Charter School’s can sign up to
  • Considerations for schools and colleges
  • Further information and guidance
  • General information on harmful practices  and useful links


The Centre is able to provide advice and support to professionals working on any FGM cases.

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